HOW TO MAKE POSTPARTUM PADSICLES / PADSICKLES

Tutorial - how to make postpartum padsicles

*Quick note – so many of you have found your way here from Baby Center & Pinterest – Welcome and thank you for visiting! I hope this step by step postpartum padsicle (or padsickle ) recipe is useful to you. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments, as I will be sure to answer them! Please also feel free to look at two of my other popular posts: 40 Questions to Ask on Your Maternity Tour of Hospitals and Birth Centers & What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag. Now, on with the show*

Making a baby is fun! It’s heart warming, sexy and thrilling through every stage of the pregnancy.

But, let’s be honest with each other, shall we? I try to keep the information on this blog unfettered and unfiltered. All real talk, all the time. Good, bad and ugly.

So, let’s get to something no one ever really talks about during their wonderful pregnancy experience…

Birthing a baby can sometimes be a different experience for everyone. But it is the same for everyone in one specific way – the long healing process.

A couple of weeks before my tiny baby arrived, our doula recommended that I prepare and freeze some padsicles. Never heard of a padsicle before? Neither had I. So I scoured Pinterest, took a trip to CVS, and got to work.

How to make post-birth and postpartum recovery pads - padsicles

Padsicles are sanitary pads covered in healing liquids – specifically aloe vera and witch hazel. They are then frozen to help soothe a new mother’s lady parts. I truly believe the padsicles I made helped speed up my recovery time, and they made me feel loads better.

So if you, or a loved one, is about to push out a tiny (or not so tiny) baby, here are the steps to making Perfect Postpartum Padsicles.

How to make post-birth and postpartum recovery pads - padsicles recipe - perfect for pregnant moms
1. Purchase the largest most extreme padded sanitary pads that you can find. Also, pick up some aloe vera, witch hazel, jojoba oil (or some like lavender oil), and a box of gallon freezer bags.
How to make post-birth and postpartum recovery pads - padsicles

2. Open the pads, but keep them on their backing plastic, because you will need to re-wrap them. Next, pour two tablespoons of witch hazel over the pad, a tablespoon or so of aloe vera, and about a teaspoon of oil. 

How to make post-birth and postpartum recovery pads - padsicles

 Mush it all together inside the pad. 

How to make post-birth and postpartum recovery pads - padsicles
Yes, it looks gross, but trust me, you will be thankful!
If you add different oils – the look will be a little different. 
How to make post-birth and postpartum recovery pads - padsicles
3. Wrap the pads back up, and store them inside of a freezer bag.
How to make post-birth and postpartum recovery pads - padsicles

4. Tuck them away in your freezer until you come home after giving birth. Once you run out of the ice pads from the hospital, start to wear one of these. I recommend placing a towel underneath where you are sitting, just in case it leaks a little bit.

Spending time pretty much doing an art project with sanitary pads isn’t necessarily an ideal way to spend an evening, and your birth partner will probably be bored out of their mind while you do it. or if they help you. But, like I said, I only speak the truth on this blog. So while your partner may be bored, the truth is that your lady parts will certainly thank you!

Can’t find some of the items? Here are some resources:

Maxi Pads | Aloe Vera | Witch Hazel | Jojoba Oil | Lavender Oil | Freezer Bags

Did you find this helpful? Please also feel free to look at two of my other popular posts: 40 Questions to Ask on Your Maternity Tour of Hospitals and Birth Centers & What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

And as always – if you have ANY questions – please just leave them in the comments below 🙂

Talk soon friends,
Mary
How to make post-birth and postpartum recovery pads - padsicles recipe for pregnant moms

97 comments

  1. I have just under 6 weeks left, so I really appreciate this tutorial! Since they're frozen, are they hard to unfold and stick?

    1. While you make the padsicle, keep the plastic packaging underneath. When you are done with your liquids, roll the pad and plastic, almost like a sushi roll 😉 that way the pad never touches itself, it only touches the plastic. I never had a problem unfolding and unwrapping it this way.

    1. It won't sting — it will just evaporate quickly. When you make your padsicles, just keep the lid on the witch hazel in between uses 🙂 Good luck! Let me know how it goes

  2. How many do you need to make as a starting point? How long do you wear each one? (I realize every woman and pregnancy is different, but a range would be helpful!)

    1. I made all 20 pads – and they seemed to do just fine for me. If you needed more you could easily make more after you had the baby 🙂 I would wear mine for about 4 hours – basically you'd change it just like you would change a regular sanitary pad. It all depends upon your flow. Post birth is just like a long period, so I guess it varies woman to woman. I'd make all 20 (or however many come in your pack) and go from there. If you find you need more, you'll already have the liquid materials – you'll just need to buy more pads.

  3. I couldnt find lavender oil at walmart…any suggestions where i could find it? Is it necessary for the effectiveness of the pads or just for a nice scent?

  4. In my country the witch hazel oil seems to be unpopular. Could you suggest me another anti-inflammatory instead of witch hazel?

    1. Yep, I already have aloe and lavender oil, but the witch hazel is out of stock since it is imported. Mhhh.. I haven't asked my doctor.. I'll ask him this friday.

  5. Just throwing this out here, in keeping it real…. These work great for hemorrhoids, too. I am 32 weeks and suffering from them. I tried this and omg, the difference it makes is amazing!!!

  6. I am a Navy girl living in the Middle East…there's no lavender oil here…do you have any suggestions on what else I can use?

  7. Doing smaller versions of this on the round cotton pads (for makeup removal) is great for hemorrhoids!
    I dealt with them early in my second trimester and this was an amazing help! Now I'm at week 31 and trying to prep for postpartum!

    1. They will still catch your blood. You will need to change them out a little sooner, but that is why I suggest getting the most absorbent pads you can find – especially overnight versions,

  8. Being that the lavender oil is used for its healing properties, I would suggest using pure lavender oil (youngliving is where I order all my oils)

    You could also use the leftover witchhazel & lavender oil (& any other healing oils) in a spray bottle and use as perineum spray each time you use the bathroom.

  9. I made these and did a 2:1:1 ratio of the witch hazel:lavender oil:aloe in a liquid measuring cup and mixed it until it was a gel like consistency and spread them on the pads was able to make 21 pads

    1. Hi Kristina – are you talking about the ones typically used for cooking? I wouldn't use them for the padsicles – and would just stick to the Aloe and Witch Hazel

    1. Hi Kristina – are you talking about the ones typically used for cooking? I wouldn't use them for the padsicles – and would just stick to the Aloe and Witch Hazel

    2. I just bought all the ingredients and will be making these as soon as I am done with this comment! Someone else said they were having trouble finding the oil. I know Walmart does not sell pure oils but rite aid does, which is where I found my jojoba oil. I am 7.5 months and stocking up on things now. My grandmother has bad hemmroids so she is interested in trying these too. So we both will be walking with padscicles on lol 🙂

    1. Hi Sue, menthol is used in dermaplast which is what they recommended I use in the hospital for pain – so I think it shouldn't be a problem! Good luck with the baby!

  10. The jojoba oil is supposed to be used as a carrier oil for the lavender, correct? So how many drops of Lavender to the oil? I know you said it wasn't necessary, but I have doTerra Lavender and if it will help me, I'd like to know the ratio.

  11. The jojoba oil is supposed to be used as a carrier oil for the lavender, correct? So how many drops of Lavender to the oil? I know you said it wasn't necessary, but I have doTerra Lavender and if it will help me, I'd like to know the ratio.

  12. 1.
    Would coconut oil work in place of the jojoba oil, if it is the coconut oil you buy in the medical and vitamins section?
    2.
    The lavender oil I have is an essential oil in a glass tube with a roller ball top. I was going to just roll across the pad a few times before applying the other ingredients on top. Sound reasonable?

  13. Okay so just to make sure you would wear them in place of a regular plain pad after having the baby and every time you changed your pad you would change it for another padsicle? I just want to make sure its okay to wear all day long or if you switched it up and wore plain pads as well. This is my second child. I tore with my first one and I so wish I would have something to help speed the process and help relief some of the pain and discomfort.

    1. So sorry to hear you had a rough revived after your first. Yes, wear these instead of regular menstrual pads, but you do need to change them out just as regularly. Also, I wouldn't wear them overnight. They get a bit squishy when they melt and they fill up with other liquids your body is producing, so I wouldn't wear them outside your home. I just really wire them when I was home on the couch or in bed, and would change them out just like a regular pad wheb I felt like it couldn't absorb anymore.

  14. I'm due in a little over 6 weeks and am making these now. Because baby will come whenever she's ready. Thank you for this. I'm a first time Mom so I want to be as prepared as possible. Also I'm a planner…maybe to a fault. One of my best friends just told me she's pregnant again and I mentioned these to here. If they work as good as I'm guessing they will… I'm going to make her some. 🙂

    1. best of luck during birth!!! As I said in the post – even if you just use the aloe vera and witch hazel you will be fine 🙂 These will certainly be a godsend after birth. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that everything goes smoothly!

  15. The only brand of witch hazel that I can find without alcohol is Thayer's, but it's always mixed with either rose, aloe or lavender. Are those ok to use? And if so, which one would be preferable?

  16. I saw another padsicle article that states you should use the clear aloe and not the after sun gel (that is pictured in your tutorial). Did you use the green after sun gel with no problem? We already made the pads with it!

    1. I've used the green one pictured after my 2 births, and have had countless friends use it as well. No fear 🙂 So happy you made these!! I'd love to hear how they work out for you — best of luck for your birth!

  17. I had about 20 stitches after my little one was born. The regular pads almost feel like it's giving me a diaper rash and the cold packs I had at hospital felt amazing but I don't have any of these now. So these padcicles can be a replacement? It's ok to use on my sititches?

    1. Hi there flor – so sorry to hear about so many stitches! Yes, use these just like the ones from the hospital. Don't wear them all day, I'd do it for like an hour at a time, and then switch it out for a big dry pad, then maybe do another one later on in the day when you can rest again – and again for an hour at night. Since you are getting a rash, I'd call your doctor and see if you can use diaper rash ointment. During the month and a half after my daughter was born I had to wear pads and I got diaper rash from the pads. I wore diaper ointment and it all cleared up! Good luck – but def use these pads to help you heal after those stitches — and make sure you sit on an inflatable donut!

  18. I'm allergic to both lavender and aloe vera. I know I can just drop the lavender, but what could I possibly use as a substitute for the aloe? I'm only 12 weeks along so at least I have time to figure it out.

    1. I assume you could, but it would just take up a LOT more room in your fridge. To be honest, Id just wear the adult diaper and put a padsicle inside and switch it out after it thawed out for a while. That way you have more coverage during heavy flow. After the padsicle "melts" it doesn't really absorb that much more liquid, and the cooling properties are gone, so I either switch out for a new padsicle, or let my bottom rest and just sit in an adult diaper.

      I would recommend if you are using adult diapers to also be sure to keep some diaper cream nearby, as diaper rash can also happen on an adult!

  19. Hi there, when I was younger, my mom would give me aloe from our aloe plant for different reasons like cuts and burns. Is it possible to simply put aloe plant? I would throw the gelatinous part into a blender with a bit of water and brush it on as a gel. I know it's an extra but I got a aloe branch already and been using a small piece for cuts…

  20. I made quite a few of these pre birth. I ended up in hospital where they provided pads and a stockpile of frozen rectangles in little plastic bags that you can insert into the thick pad (rip a little slit in the center). This made way more sense to me than the padsicles I had made. It allowed for a dry pad to soak up the flow (and keep your tear dry if you have one) and a icy coolness to be there but not directly on the skin. Plus, it is only recommended to apply cold to the area for 24 hrs after birth, which I'm not sure why none of these sites mention (after that you have 2 warm sitz baths a day to encourage healing). The effort to make these just wasn't worth it to me. Just a head's up!

  21. On Amazon, two Witch Hazel Toners are available.
    Thayers Alcohol-free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera
    Is this good as a two-in-one?
    Quinns Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel -Lavender & Aloe Vera Natural Toner for Face & Skin
    Is this better as a three-in-one?
    Or should I get each ingredient separately, so I know they are all natural?
    Thank you in advance.

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